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Seaplane model recalled accident

AN IMPROMPTU visit to a charity shop on Merseyside transported retired journalist Robin Bird to the Gareloch and Helensburgh of April 26 1940.

For there was a large scale plastic model kit of an Arado 196 A floatplane, the same type of floatplane that crashed that fateful day.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:51 )

 

Call for honour for ski pioneer

HELENSBURGH and District watched with interest and pride in 1960 as Britain’s first mountain ski chair lift was built and came into operation in Glencoe.

Behind the project was burgh man Philip Naismith Rankin, of The Byeway, 14 West Abercromby Street, and it was extensively reported in the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:29 )

Fastest woman on water

JUST BEFORE the world waterspeed record was set on Loch Lomond on July 18 1932 by Kaye Don, there had been a trial run with a 13 year-old girl on board Miss England 111.

She went on to become Countess of Arran and, 48 years later, the fastest woman on water and the first to travel on water at over 100mph.

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 December 2016 16:26 )

Burgh BB celebrates centenary

MEMBERS, past members and friends of the 1st Helensburgh Boys Brigade had plenty to celebrate on Tuesday October 25 2016 — the centenary of the formation of the company.

It was not the district’s first company, but it has certainly been the longest lasting.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:32 )

'Mad Jack' was soldier hero

THE VIEW down Charlotte Street in Helensburgh and across the Clyde must have been a very welcome change for a World War Two soldier hero when he returned from captivity.

The Helensburgh and Gareloch Times reported his return to the burgh in the early summer of 1945 with the headline ‘Repatriated’.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 November 2016 18:35 )

New era for Mackintosh gallery

A PERMANENT multi-purpose Helensburgh tribute to famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in time for the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2018 is the dream of a Kilcreggan couple.

Architect Bruce Jamieson and his wife Nicola — former manager of the tourist information office in the Clock Tower on the seafront — bought the top floor of the former Conservative Club above M & Co at 40 Sinclair Street in the summer, having previously tried to buy it four years earlier.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:58 )

Sniper killed burgh naval officer

A YOUNG Helensburgh naval officer who was a nephew of Andrew Bonar Law was shot by a sniper in a World War One trench battle.

Sub-Lieutenant John Pitcairn Robley, whose aunt Annie was the wife of the future Prime Minister, was the younger son of dairy proprietor William Pitcairn Robley and his wife Edith.

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 November 2016 19:12 )

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Next Open Meeting

Isger Vico SommerThe next Open Meeting will be on Wednesday February 22 at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street. Isger Vico Sommer will speak about marine archaeology on wrecks in Argyll.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Isger Vico Sommer: The Samphire Project — marine archaeology on wrecks around the coasts of Argyll
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
SC024603